PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals, as members of families and as members of the community. It equips them with knowledge and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.
PSHCE enables young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
Personal and social development is enhanced as young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society. All aspects of a young person’s experience at home, in school and out of school contribute to personal and social development. PSHCE education is important in promoting personal and social development as it helps young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones.
Through PSHCE pupils are encouraged to be actively involved in the life of their school, neighbourhood and wider communities, taking greater responsibility. It helps them to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in these areas through, for example, learning more about fairness, social justice, respect for democracy and diversity at school, local, national and global level and through taking part in community activities (we currently work with an Arts organisation called “Fierce!” in the development of a local allotment)